How To: Interpreting a Planet in a House

“I have Planet A in House N… what does it mean?”

Most people approach the subject by giving a direct answer. “Oh, it means blah blah blah.” If by chance they are right, they applaud themselves and receive applause. If by chance they are wrong, they move on to the next question.

“I have a musical string set to 23 pounds of tension, what will it sound like?” You can’t give a direct answer to this, because the sound of the string depends on the type of musical instrument it’s attached to, how it’s played, and many other factors. Similarly, you can’t give a direct answer to what Planet A in House N means, because what it means depends on the sign, the aspects, the conjunctions and so many other factors.

You can give a basic answer though. A starting template.

Let’s take the Moon in the 1st house as an example.

The first thing you do is look for outstanding similarities or clashes between the core symbols of the planet and the core symbols of the house. These will be the most important components of what the planet in the house “means.”

The first thing you do is look for outstanding similarities or clashes between the core symbols of the planet and the core symbols of the house.

The Moon for Example, has a significant symbolic similarity with the first house: they both pertain to the self. Different aspects of self, yes, but still – it’s an important similarity. And they also have a very significant symbolic clash: The first house is very visible and tangible, the moon is very noctural, private, hidden. The first is clear, decisive; the moon is ripply, changeable, indecisive.

So, how to we interpret these? Similarities tend to work out positively, and clashes tend to cause problems. That’s a basic rule. Another rule is that benefic planets tend to be positive, but the moon is very mild, neither particularly benefic nor malefic, so we can ignore that.

Take the similarities, then – self – and you come up with one outcome of the moon in the first house “Deep sense of self.” 

I use the word deep, not “strong” or “clear” as I would use for the Sun in the 1st house, because the moon is the deep part of the self, the emotional part.

Take the similarities, then – self – and you come up with one outcome of the moon in the first house “Deep sense of self.” 

Now take the clashes – visible vs. shy, decisive vs. indecisive – and you get another important outcome of the moon in the first house: “Shy. Fickle. Indecisive.”

You can also consider the “blends” like “moon (beauty) + 1st house (body) = beautiful body.” But these blends are really less powerful and important than the outcomes from the clashes and samenesses between planet and house.

Now take the clashes – visible vs. shy, decisive vs. indecisive – and you get another important outcome of the moon in the first house: “Shy. Fickle. Indecisive.”

And this would be a good basic template for what the Moon in the First House means under normal circumstances. But…

Try to realize that what you are learning here is not just a conclusion – “Shy, Fickle, Indecisive” – you are learning the process of coming to a conclusion. This is infinitely more valuable because if you know the process, you can modify parts of it to arrive at different conclusions as the individual case demands. For example, let us say you have a wonderfully exalted and aspected Moon in the 1st house. You would then want to modify the principle that a clash between symbols of the planet and house tends to produce a negative outcome, so…

Modify “shy” with the concept of, “Mysterious and Attractive”

Modify fickle, with the concept of “desirous and desirable”

Modify “indecisive” with the concept of “flexible and sensitive.”

And of course, keep “deep sense of self” because it’s already positive.

If you know the process, you can modify parts of it to arrive at different conclusions as the individual case demands.

Krishna is a perfect classical example of a wonderfully exalted Moon in the 1st house. His sense of self is infinitely deep, being untouched by avidyā (“ignorance of self”). He was actually quite shy, always operating in rather covert ways, and he was extremely mysterious and infinitely, irresistibly attractive. He was famously fickle, and his desirousness and desirability is the zenith of all legend.

To the other extreme, if there is a very negative moon in the 1st house, you can modify the process of interpretation to favor negative connotations of the outcomes.

This is a very powerful way of learning how the planets act in the houses. It is the way I teach my Level 2 astrology courses. In the astrology book I will be writing next, I will reveal it as well.

Vic DiCara

www.vicdicara.com